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Friday, September 19, 2014

Deana: sewing machines, quilting, and this year's progress

Today I finally added the embellishments to these four little machines.
It is still not too late to join the Quilter's Garden BOM Swap.  Click the link to read the rules. It is a row quilt and we have over 30 participants.  All you have to do is make one block per month to swap with someone else in the group but you can swap more.  You can make other blocks for yourself that you don't have to swap.  WE are making a row quilt, but some members are just making a Quilter's Garden sampler.  Here is a link to September's instructions with photos of the fabric we are all trying to match.  Email me at to sign up.

Here are some blocks that have been made by group members so far:

I have also started some outline quilting on my last Windmill quilt.
I do have a pattern in the works for the windmill quilt.  Leave a comment or email me if you are interested when it is ready - about another week I'm afraid.

I had a little fun today stacking up and photographing most of the quilts I have quilted this year.  My goal was one per month and I have done it!  Yay!  Three are not in the photograph because they belong to my mother and I don't have them.

I am still progressing on my horse quilt although you can't see it in the photo.  I have been paper piecing the next ring around the outside.
Here are the pieces and fabrics I am currently paper piecing.  They are large pieces which, in opinion, are harder to paper piece than smaller ones.

Linking up today with

Fabric Frenzy Friday
Can I get a Whoop Whoop!

Link a Finish Friday


Patchouli Moon

Quilt Art Designs 
 This is a paper piecing linkup.  I designed and paper pieced the design around the horse and the sewing machines which have small amounts of paper piecing on them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ann's Good Vibrations September Blocks

This year we are doing a block swap. These are my blocks. They are a little blurred.

Deana has created them and they are a combination of paper piecing and applique. Fun project!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Deana: I love linky parties!

I was featured at:

I was THRILLED today to open up her website and see a photo of my horse quilt featured there!!  YaY!  Someone else likes my horse and appreciates the work that has gone into it.  I just hope my son will when he gets it for Christmas.  Actually, I know he will because he has been asking me to make it for years.  The only thing is that I can tell that my husband really wants one too, so, maybe next year I will be cussing this project again as I start a new one.  Since last week's post, this is what my Buckskin Mare looks like now.  She had to be a buckskin because they are my son's favorite.  I hope to get the top of the bed section done this month.

Note:  the horse is a pattern called 
"Spring Storm" by Toni Whitney for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company
My son

I have a FINISH!  Yes, yes, yes a FINISH!  I have been quilting this quilt for my mom and put the last few stitches in it last night.  We have a sister/sister-in-law/mother thing where we give birthday money to a selected sister who then purchases fabric for the birthday girl.  It is SO MUCH FUN!  Well, we purchased the fabric in this quilt for mom and she made this flowery quilt out of the blues and reds.  I know Mom likes veriegated thread, so I pulled out my rainbow threads and set to adding many many more flowers.  When I use rainbow threads, I have to switch machines because my Juki is sensitive to thread.  It only likes extremely high quality/thicker threads.  I did most of the quilting on this one on my Bernina.  I hope Mom likes it.

 My favorite part of the quilting is in the border.  I used a cute little continuous flower design in a light colored veriegated thread on the black and it really POPS!

Also linking up with:

Go check out what everyone is doing.  I promise inspiration WILL HAPPEN! :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Deana: Dear Jane and Buckskin Mare

Hello Blogland!  Today I am showing progress on my Buckskin Mare.  I have also completed three more Dear Jane blocks.  After careful consideration, I have decided to throw out the red and return to blue on my rainbow Dear Jane.

Linking up today with  Patchwork Times

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Deana: I have been turning applique'

I have been turning applique', preparing it for the hand work.  The hand work is my favorite part, so it always goes fast.  

I  hope to get all the applique complete on this next round on my horse quilt by the weekend.  There are 24 circles - half blue and half orange.

BTW...the background in the photo is a hand quilted whole cloth quilt made by my wonderfully talented mother.

I also prepped some applique' for two Dear Jane blocks.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Esther's WOW Wednesday, and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Deana: Val's Linky Party

I love to join in on Valerie's weekly linky party because it gives me the opportunity to look up old works.  Today's topic is "funny" quilts and Free Motion Quilting (FMQ).  I am still looking for an old photo of a funny quilt, but here are some snippets of my attempts at quilting.  

Below are some older quilts I did years ago.  This is an autumn one with turkeys, pilgrims, and leaves quilted in.

This is also my funny quilt story.  Years and years ago I took a class at the annual state guild convention on free style curved piecing.  I had taught classes that week and was exhausted.  I went to dinner that night and tried to give my curved piecing class away.  I remember announcing to the whole dining room that it was already paid for and they could just go in my place.  My friends got quite a chuckle out of me.  Well, in the end I went to the class and had a blast.  I learned so much and just could not stop making curves.  I ended up with this quilt and then did some designing with the technique as well.  My friends like to tease me about that class I tried to give away.

The monster quilt also could count in the "funny" category.  It came out shortly after the movie, Monster's Inc.
I tried to quilt little monsters in my son's monster quilt.  He is 17 now and this was when he was in early elementary school.
 The full quilt to give you the effect of  why I quilted little monsters in.

 A winter scene on a winter quilt.

I quilted all of the following quilts in 2014.  My goal was one quilt a month and so far I am on schedule.

Bats and ghosts...
Spider Webs

Deana: Next round on the horse...

Hello Blogland!  It is linky Tuesday again and I am posting a photo of the progress on my horse.  I am just getting started on my next round which involves paper piecing large pieces - which I detest - and circle applique.   On the side you can see a picture of where I am headed with this project.

Linking up today with:

As a reminder, there are still openings for the Quilter's Garden Quilt.  We have 27 participants so far.  Check out the rules here: